The decision by Peter Lawwell to rejoin the SFA’s Professional Game Board came as a surprise to many. It could be perceived as a vote of confidence in the severely compromised Stewart Regan. Conversely, given that Doncaster is also joining Lawwell on the SFA board, while retaining his Chief Executive position at the SPFL, it could be the harbinger of a putsch to clean out the Augean stables. Could it be a case of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? I will propose an alternative view.
Lawwell’s transition will provide him with access to the ‘Advocate’s Argument’ which is being used as a rationale for the SFA’s inertia. However I could have offered the following for free:
Rangers FC Plc, renamed Rangers 2012 Ltd, are no longer a professional club with an extant licence from the SFA. They are a company/club in the final throes of liquidation.
The SFA could argue that they have no say in a former club that is no more than a file in the joint liquidators’ office in Canary Wharf.
They could argue that the vexed question of Rangers systemic tax evasion and cheating for a minimum of 13 years, and possibly much more, is out with their purview. This argument flies in the face of the metaphysical construct that is Neil Doncaster’s ‘Continuation’ bunkum.
However Doncaster’s decision to confer the titles to Rangers Lite has never been challenged by the Celtic board. There has been no challenge of the SFA’s decision to transfer the former Rangers licence to Rangers Lite. A cynic could argue that CFC were complicit in the creation of a reconstituted Rangers from Charles Green’s basket of assets. One might ask this salient question of the CFC board:
Is the ringing of your tills louder than the growing clamour for Sporting Integrity?
Readers of this site have long known that I considered the LNS Inquiry to be an exercise in deception. By applying a quasi-legal veneer to the Commission our less acute minds were meant to defer to the Right Honourable Nimmo The Dimmo. My previous two articles have forensically deconstructed this failed attempt to encourage the fans to ‘Move On.’
You won’t read about the narrow scope of the discredited LNS Commission in The Herald, The Evening Times or The Record. Has James Traynor’s cat got Keith Jackson’s tongue? As Chris Jack is barely out of puberty, one wonders what ‘goods’ Traynor might have on his zip? He will know of the skeletons that are rattling in Jackson’s closet, but does he have anything on Clotted Weir? They are merely Traynor’s Shadow Puppets. In the SMSM if you toe the party PR line you win awards. If any proof is required have a look at Jackson’s trophy cabinet. Then have a look at his copy on The Australian Open that he wrote from his South Side living room. Even his can of Fosters was brewed locally under licence.
The Celtic Board have requested a review of the systemic cheating by a club where 55 players and 25 executives and ancillary staff received the modern-day equivalent of cash bungs. They and we are awaiting a response from the new SPFL board. After Monday’s forthcoming election, the six slots reserved for clubs on the board of the Scottish Professional Football League could be occupied by new representatives in the 2017/18 season.
Monday’s vote at Hampden will lead to at least four new faces, with Ann Budge and Ken Ferguson the only two current members standing for re-election.Hearts owner Budge is up against officials from Dundee, Hamilton Academical and Rangers for one of the three positions reserved for Premiership clubs. John Nelms, Les Gray and Stewart Robertson respectively are standing.
In the Championship, two spots are reserved for club representatives. Dumbarton’s Les Hope, Martin Ritchie of Falkirk and Morton’s Warren Hawke are standing, as is current board member Ken Ferguson, of Brechin City.
Leagues One and Two share a solo representative. Ayr United’s Graham Peterkin and Iain Dougan of Stranraer are standing.
The six appointees will join new chairman Murdoch MacLennan, chief executive Neil Doncaster and independent non-executive director Karyn McCluskey on the board.
Doncaster, Lawwell and Maxwell, together with Aberdeen’s Duncan Fraser and Alloa Athletic’s Mike Mulraney, will all serve as the SPFL’s appointees to the Professional Game Board, which is operated by the Scottish FA.
I would anticipate that Ann Budge will prevail, as will Robertson. I also expect Ken Ferguson to be re-elected. Ritchie of Falkirk would be a popular appointment as would be the case if Graham Peterkin got the nod. The only decision to make is whether to appoint Nelms or Gray.
If the new board’s first order of business is to vote on the review proposed by CFC , I anticipate that the new board will reject it. Celtic can then take it to appeal where lo and behold Peter Lawwell, Duncan Fraser (whose views have been documented) and Mulraney are on the Appellate Authoritiy’s Board.
I am surprised that no-one has twigged this. Am I the only one with my eyes wide open?